Jalen Adams will be a UCONN Star

The University of Connecticut has quite the history with stud Point Guards. In recent years, they have been led to improbable title runs by Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier. However, a new star PG is in Stores. The 6-3 rising Sophomore from Roxbury, MA and Brewster Academy had a very good Freshman campaign. As a Frosh, Adams averaged 7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and 2.4 apg. While he had a solid regular season, his success reached a new level in the AAC Tournament. UCONN entered the conference tournament on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament, and needed a strong showing to cement their status amongst the top 68 teams. Their tournament opener, against the Cincinnati Bearcats, was extremely crucial to their March Madness destiny. The game was a barnburner from start to finish, but it looked like the Huskies were beat after a deep Cincy 3 with .8 seconds left in 3OT (incredible game!). However, Adams went on to sink a full court buzzer beater, in one of the most extraordinary plays in college basketball history. UCONN went on to win the game, and later the entire AAC Tournament. The buzzer beater was the signature moment that thrusted Adams’s name into the national spotlight. Now, with the departure of Sterling Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton, the stage will be set for Adams to emerge as the next great lead Husky Guard. Jalen possesses a long, athletic frame that he is able to use to glide across the court, and make athletic plays. At the PG position, he is a natural playmaker. Adams has good vision, a decent feel (that should only improve with age), and a solid all around skill set. Adams can improve his overall consistency and decision making, along with his perimeter shooting. As a Freshman, Adams only shot 27% from 3, and 42& from the field. However, his 86% mark from the free throw line, means that his shooting should definitely improve. Under the tutelage of Kevin Ollie, I believe that Adams can turn into a future All American. I say this because he has that something special. When you watch him play, he is not always perfect, but can show flashes of star potential. Remember the name, Jalen Adams.

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